Delaware celebrated the second highest farmers’ market season with more than $3 million dollars in sales in 2017.

Residents and visitors of the state continue to buy locally because of the fresh, high quality products that Delaware’s farm families grow.

“These numbers are a reflection of the positive relationship that Delaware residents and those visiting our state have with our family farmers,” said Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse. “Consumers know food purchased at our farmers’ market are grown locally, picked fresh and delivered that day by the farm. Not only do they have the opportunity to learn how their food is grown directly from Delaware farmers, but they are able to make a positive impact on the economy by keeping it local.”

There were 21 community-run farmers’ markets in Delaware in 2017. These markets are economic drivers for the state’s agricultural industry generating direct sales of $3,004,174 in 2017. Fresh produce made up 53 percent of total sales, with the remainder coming from products such as meats, cheeses, jellies, breads, salsa, eggs or honey.

The 2018 market season will begin in April; most markets start their operations in May, June and July. A list of the 2017 markets is online at Delaware's Buy Local Guide — de.gov/buylocal — and will be updated in late March for 2018.

Farmers and others interested in becoming a vendor, or community groups interested in starting a local market, can call 698-4542 or email dda.marketing@state.de.us.